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It’s the holiday season and The Studio of Classical Dance Arts will once again be staging “The Story of the Nutcracker” this December on the UW-Parkside campus.
Studio owners and former Milwaukee Ballet dancers Linda Bennett and Marc Darling, lead and oversee all aspects of the production with the intention of delighting audiences for the fourteenth straight year. The 2019 performances will be held at “The Rita” on Dec. 14 and 15. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under.
Tickets can be purchased online through The Studio website, www.ClassicalDanceArts.com and at the theater the day of the performance.
This year’s audience will be treated to an enchanting classic ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. Filled with dancing dolls, glittering snowflakes, beautiful flowers and a cannon that fires cheese it is a show synonymous with the holiday season.
The cast for this timeless production is made up of talented, young dancers ranging in age from 6-18 hailing from all parts of Racine, Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Oak Creek. This year, the traditional role of Uncle Drosselmeyer will be played by a female dancer and re-christened as Aunt Charlotte.
Bennett told Patch that recent graduate William Heide will be making his return to the stage this December to dance the role of the Sugarplum Cavalier. Heide, 18, has been one of the top dancers at the Studio For Classical Dance Arts. He is currently training at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago.
With 75 dancers, over 150 costumes, 300 pounds of dry ice, falling snow and three beautiful hand painted backdrops The Story of the Nutcracker brings the holiday season to life.
Bennett told Patch it can take performers years to master the athletic and aesthetic details that goes into some of the ballet’s top roles. Beginning dancers rehearse about 45 minutes a week, while the most advanced performers practice between 12 to 15 hours a week not including rehearsals.
The performance runs approximately one and a half hours long with one intermission and is appropriate for all ages.
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